"A computer driven, high precision scalpel for eye surgery" is how entrepreneur and UM Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology Ronald M. Kurtz describes the INTRALASE® FS Laser. As the newest product available from IntraLase Corp., a company he co-founded in 1997 with then UM colleague Tibor Juhasz, PhD, the laser was introduced early last year for use in corneal transplants and vision correction procedures. The INTRALASE FS replaces a mechanical device known as a microkeratome, enabling ophthalmic surgeons to create a corneal flap�the first step in any LASIK procedure�with maximum accuracy and virtually no trauma to the outer surface of the cornea.
The technology behind the INTRALASE FS laser was the result of a close collaboration between researchers at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS) and physicians and researchers at the UM Kellogg Eye Center. The femto-second laser, pioneered at CUOS, provided significant benefits when applied to new techniques for laser eye surgery in collaborative work with the researchers of the Kellogg Eye Center. Other laser-enhanced ophthalmic applications are now in the process of being explored and tested.
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